Who is Larry Hoover? Kanye West, Drake to perform at concert for convicted criminal
Kanye West feels Larry Hoover has found redemption behind the bars. The rap icon has been very vocal about Hoover on different occasions
After calling a truce on their long-standing beef, hip-hop heavyweights Kanye West and Drake will soon be sharing a stage for a benefit concert. The ‘College Dropout’ hitmaker took to his Instagram over the weekend to make a big announcement where it was revealed that he along with Drizzy will perform for Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 9.
The 44-year-old rap icon captioned the post as ‘God’s Plan’ referring to Drake’s 2018 mega-hit single. He also added an emoticon of a white dove. It was Kanye West, who first approached Drake for the benefit concert with the help of an Instagram video. For the unversed, Kanye had pulled this stunt before they called off their beef. In the video, Kanye, who now simply goes by the name of Ye, fielded the idea of a benefit concert with his now foe-turned-friend.
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Who is Larry Hoover?
Larry Hoover is an individual who is currently serving six life sentences at the ADX Florence prison in Florence, Colorado for his alleged involvement in a gang-affiliated murder in 1973. According to the federal government, Hoover is a criminal known as “King Larry’, the head and co-founder of the Black Gangster Disciples Nation that grew out of Chicago, as reported by News One. Larry Hoover was sentenced to 200 years in prison but his family is urging for the release of the former Gangster Disciples leader as they feel he has served enough time behind the bars.
In 1973, Larry Hoover along with another member was charged with the murder of a dealer named William Young as he was reportedly stealing from them. In 1995, Hoover was slapped with additional charges of conspiracy, extortion, and money laundering while already being in jail. While spending his time behind the bars, Hoover has denounced violence among his followers.
Why does Kanye West want to help Larry Hoover?
Kanye West feels Larry Hoover has found redemption behind the bars. The rap icon has been very vocal about Hoover on different occasions. In 2018, in a meeting with Donald Trump, Kanye told him that freeing Hoover was “very important” to him. “In an alternate universe, I am him” adding, “And I have to go and get him free because he was doing positive inside of Chicago”, as reported by New York Post.
Kanye West then roped in Hoover’s son Larry Hoover Jr on his 10th studio album ‘Donda’. Hoover Jr was featured on two songs namely ‘Jesus Lord’ and ‘Jesus Lord, Pt. 2’ where he can be heard outlining the cracks in America’s criminal justice system how his father’s incarceration impacted his family. According to News One, Kanye West again addressed the Hoover issue after he appeared on The Drinks Champs podcast. When asked what truly inspired him to extend his support to this case, Ye asserted, “I got involved cause all my (n-word) is GD,” hinting that he has friends who are a part of Gangster Disciples.